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[nahyt-fawl] /ˈnaɪtˌfɔl/
the coming of night; the end of daylight; dusk.
Origin of nightfall
1605-15; night + fall
twilight, sundown. Unabridged
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  • He was supposed to be evacuated that day, but communication problems and the darkness of nightfall made it impossible.
  • The lights stay on longer, as people have to eat after nightfall.
  • The few bulldozers that arrived promptly to sift through the rubble stopped working at nightfall.
  • By nightfall, the shower of debris had grown denser-and deadlier.
  • He did not give them another break until after nightfall, when they were allotted six hours for supper and sleep.
  • By nightfall, conditions inside the engine house had grown desperate.
  • Then they'd run up to their house and taken their posts, holding them through nightfall.
  • Next morning the reckoning begins, so that by nightfall eleven students are permanently expelled.
  • No real tramp crosses that frontier after nightfall and in the day-time only to beg.
  • Then brushwood is piled about it, and at nightfall the whole is set on fire.
British Dictionary definitions for nightfall


the approach of darkness; dusk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for nightfall

1700; see night + fall (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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